When the letter “z” is preceded by the letter “o”, it is pronounced as “zh” (similar to “sh”) instead of “z”. The letter “kh” is similar to the German “ach” or “ch” in Scottish “lach”. The letter “r” is trilled or rolled (and in some cases, the letter “d”).
A, “ah”, father
E, “eh”, merry
I, “ee”, meet
O, “oh”, flow
U, “oo”, tool
In some cases vowels are added and other modifications are made for ease of pronunciation. In most cases, the language is written phonetically.
Aban: The eighth month of the Ashevan calendar. Corresponds with the month of October.
Adarog: Sacred fire (lit by laity)
Adurestar: Ashes from the fire urn considered sacred.
Adurgah: Fire Urn. See “Brazier”.
Afroshag: A food offering consisting of flour, sugar, butter, honey; these ingredients may be offered umixed, or a cake may be made; for the poor, the items may be offered individually an Ashavan may only be able to offer flour, but not all other ingredients.
Agden: A false religion of evil origin (This is not the same as a religion that had righteous origins but later became corrupt).
Alawdad: Alms, offering.
Ameretat: Lit. “Immortality”. One of the Amesha Spentas (Divine Sparks).
Anahita: The Divine Mother of Life. The Divine energy that flows from Zurvan (God) into the Creation. Her colour is dark blue and her symbol is the moon.
Andarmah: New moon.
Arta: See “Asha”.
Asha: Truth, righteousness. Asha is the name of the Religion of Light as practiced by Ashevan, adherents and keepers of the New Mithraic Covenant.
Asha Vahishta: Lit. “Truth/Righteousness”. One of the Amesha Spentas (Divine Sparks).
Ashavan: Those committed to Truth and Righteousness. The name for the followers of the religion of Asha.
Ashvanism : The belief in Asha.
Asudan: (v.) Rest.
Atakhash: Sacred fire (lit by cleric).
Azar: The ninth month of the Ashevan calendar. Corresponds with the month of November.
Azarmig: Honour, respect.
Bahisht: The Kingdom of Light. The Celestial and Eternal Realm beyond the physical creation i.e. Heaven.
Bahman: The 11th month of the Ashevan calendar. Corresponds with the month of January.
Beacon of Light: Traveling teachers, missionaries and those establishing Nemana (An Asha House of Worship).
Brazier: The central symbol of Asha. The Brazier reminds us of the Unkindled Fire of Mithra. It reminds us that He is always present. Ashavan congregate around the Brazier (or Hearth or Candles etc.) as for worship of Zurvan, for prayers, for study and fellowship. Ashavan do not worship the Brazier or the fire as they are not God. See “Andurgah”.
Bright Lamps: The Three Bright Lamps illumine the path of the Ashavan on their journey Home to Bahisht. The first Bright Lamp is the Book of the Tablets of Light. The second Bright Lamp is the collected traditions and religious practices of the Ashavan, and the third Bright Lamp is the Revealed Light or Divine Revelations given to the Ashavan to better guide them on their journey Home. By staying fixed in the rays of the 3 Bright Lamps an Ashavan will be free of delusion and better able to handle the adversities that seek to keep you from ascending to the Kingdom of Light.
Chinvat Bridge: In Zarathustrian faith, the bridge that all souls must cross to enter the Heavenly Realms. It is where souls are judged. This is similar to souls appearing before the Great Throne of Judgement.
Den: Religion, faith, law.
Den Jote: Religion of Light.
Dey: The tenth month of the Ashevan calendar. Corresponds with the month of December.
Dibirih: Scribal office
Divine Lights: The Five Divine Lights of Asha are the attributes of: Pure Reason, Pure Mind, Pure Intelligence, Pure Thought and Pure Understanding. We are taught that by having the Five Divine Lights as a priority in our lives, we can reach perfection and experience liberation of the soul from darkness.
Divine Sparks: The Amesha Spentas also called the Divine Heptad. They are: Vohu Manah, Asha Vahishta, Kshathra Vairya, Spenta Armaiti, Harvetat and Ameretat.
Drozhani: Falsehood, false teaching, lie.
Druj: Embodiment of evil. Demon of the lie, falsehood. In Asha, a Druj is any person or being that promotes Drozhani.
Esfand: The 12th month of the Ashevan calendar. Corresponds with the month of February.
Farvardin: First month of Ashevan calendar. Corresponds to the month of March.
Garendra: The name of the eldest son of the Celestial Twins.
Gatha: Hymn (plural: “Gathas”)
Great Dissolution: A time when the entire physical creation is dissolved and is no more. The ending of all physical matter.We are taught in Asha that the Great Dissolution is fast approaching and will result in awakened consciousness ascending into the non-physical realms of Light and all unawakened consciousness descending into the darkness (i.e. extinction of consciousness).
Hanzaman: Assembly, community, gathering.
Hara Berezaiti: lit. “High Watchpost”. The Spiritual Home of Mithra. Hara Berezaiti is the same as the Hindu “Mount Meru” and the Buddhist “Mount Sumeru”.
Haspin: Rest, Sabbath (n.)
Haspin Abezag: A Greeting meaning “Happy Sabbath!”
Haurvetat: Lit “Wholeness”. One of the Amesha Spentas (Divine Sparks).
Herald: An apostle of Asha. One who first heard the call, understood and acted upon what was revealed.
Humata, Hukhta, Huvarshta: Zoroastrian term meaning: “Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds.” While each phrase can be used separately, it is common to use them together.
Imrozh: This day.
Isha Masiha : also known as: Yeshua Mashikha, Jesus Christ, Isa al-Masih etc. This was an earthly incarnation of Mithra in First Century Judea who appeared to restore the covenant of Moses among the Jewish people. He was their long awaited Messiah. His death on the cross opened the door for all souls on Earth to receive God’s forgiveness from sin.
Jote : (Pronounced Joh-Tay) Light
Kharba: lit. “Sword”. The guardian, protector and defender of Asha. Also called the Sword of the Teacher of Light.
Khordad: Third month of Ashavan calendar. Corresponds with the month of May.
Khwash: Pleasant, happy, nice, sweet.
Kshathra Vairya: Lit. “Divine Dominion”. One of the Amesha Spentas (Divine Sparks).
Mad: Mother (human mother)
Maethana Asha: Temple of Asha (the Central Temple of the Asha Religion, lit. “station of Asha”)
Maxims: The Ten Commandments of Asha.
Mehr: The seventh month of the Ashevan calendar. Corresponds with the month of September.
Mershad and Mahvar : The Celestial Twins. Parents of the Tarendran race. The first born children of Tarendra and Adam. (This was in Paradise, before Adam and Even and prior to the Fall i.e. humanity’s descent in the flesh.) Their colour is red and they are depicted as two pillars.
Mihr Yazd: The Living Spirit. Where the many Divine Messengers are manifestations of Mithra in this world, Mithra, Himself, is a Manifestation of Mihr Yazd the Physical Creation.
Mirabezag: Divine Covenant, Holy Covenant.
Mirdrukhtan: Break covenant, apostasy, leaving Mithra.
Mir Eresh Zademir: lit. “The Truth born of Mithra”. The Teacher of Light. Religious leader of Asha in this world.
Mir Fratama: The final physical manifestation of Mithra in the world. Mir Fratama appeared in Nepal in the Winter of 2012 and departed in the Spring of 2015.
Mir Roskha: The final manifestation of Mihr Yazhd who is to come. He will unite all covenants, all tribes into One Great Tribe and take them up into Bahisht for all eternity.
Mithra: The One Created being. The Son of God. The Unkindled Fire. The divinity of covenants. Also known as “The Friend of the Covenant”. His colour is gold.
Mordad: The fifth month of the Ashevan calendar. Corresponds to the month of July.
Naf: Family, descendant.
Namaz: Bowing, Prayer,
Nan: Bread, food.
Neh: No, not.
Nek: Good, beautiful.
Nemana Asha: lit. “House of Asha”. A name for any Ashavan House of Worship, local congregation or religious gathering or assembly of Asha.
Nerog: Strength, power.
Nibeg: Verse, scribal text, scriptural text.
Nidom: Small, smallest, least.
Nisha: The banner or standard bearer. One who is the standard bearer of the Teacher of Light.
Niwah: Good news.
Ordibehesht: Second Month of Ashevan calendar. Corresponds to the month of April.
Ostigan: Reliable, firm, determined.
Pad: Often used as a conjunction as “p”, i.e. “at dawn” – “p’ushtah)
Padish’khawar: Bowl, dish.
Padist: Promise, vow.
Padyab: Ritually clean, ceremonial ablution.
Paiwast-tamur:– This means “united/interlaced/bonded with a spirit.” Also referred to as “Samadhi Deva”.
Panchayat: Local Hermitage
Parjanya: lit. “He who strikes with justice.” A divinity appointed by Mithra to bring an end to the physical worlds. Also known in Vedic religion as Indra. His colour is black and He is depicted with an axe and a sword.
Pid: Father (human)
Prayer Garland: An Ashevan mala, rosary or prayer rope.
Rozhig: Daily bread, sustenance
Shahrivar: The sixth month of the Ashevan calendar. Corresponds with the month of August.
Spas-dastan: Thanks, give thanks, thank you.
Spenta Armaiti: Lit. “Holy Devotion”. One of the Amesha Spentas (Divine Sparks).
Tanomand: Physical body, corporeal.
Tarendra: Sanskrit meaning “King of the Stars”. A Manifestation of Mithra in the physical creation.
Tarendrans: A race of etheric beings that are part divine and part mortal. They reside in the atmospheric realm of a world. They are sometimes referred to historically as “demi-gods”. They have, at times, incarnated in the world to help guide humanity back to the Path to Bahisht.
Teacher of Light: A servant of God who has reincarnated throughout the ages in order to share the Pure Teaching of Mithra with humanity. Mir Eresh Zademir, literally “truth born of Mithra” See Eresh Zademir.His colour is yellow.
Tir: The fourth month of the Ashevan calendar. Corresponds to the month of June.
Ushtah: 1. Dawn; 2. A very special service performed by each Ashavan daily at dawn.
Vohu Manah: lit. “Good Mind”. One of the Amesha Spentas (Divine Sparks).
Zarathustra: (also known as Zoroaster) An earthly incarnation of Mithra in ancient Persia. Originally teaching the belief in One God (Zurvan) and the importance of Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good deeds. His teachings were corrupted over time form the Zurvaniyasni (followers of Zurvan, the One God), to Mazdayasni (Followers of Ahura Mazda, another term for Mithra). The Mazdayasni’s left the pure monotheistic message of Zarathustra to teach a form of dualism, omitting Zurvan entirely, and placing Ahura Mazda as God and Ahriman (the evil one/Tiamat) as equal to Ahura Mazda, a teaching that Zarathustra never taught.
Zurvan: The Divine Source. The Supreme Father. The One True God outside of creation. Zurvan is above the sky (i.e. beyond the physical creation). His colour is light blue.
Apostasy (breaking covenant): Mirdrukhtan
Ashes (from sacred fire urn): Adurestar
Banner or standard bearer: Nisha
Beautiful (Good): Nek
Belief in Asha: Ashavanism
Bread (Food): Nan
Brother (as in religion): Brad
Corporeal: Tanomand (see also “physical body” )
Covenant: Mirabezag (see also “Divine Covenant” )
Daily bread (sustenance) : Rozhig
Divine (Holy) Covenant: Mirabezag
Divine Mother of Life: Anahita
Divine Source/God: Zurvan
Divine Sparks: Amesha Spentas
Embodiment of Evil/Falsehood: Druj
Faith: Den. The word “Den” is used to describe religion, faith and Divine Law.
Falsehood (false teaching/lie): Drozhani
False religion (of evil origin): Agden
Father (human): Pid
Fire Urn: Adurgah
Food offering (special type): Afroshag
Good (Beautiful): Nek
Good news: Niwah
Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds: Humata, Hukhta, Huvarshta
House of Asha (Local House of Worship): Nemana Asha
Hymn: Gatha (Plural: “Gathas” )
Kingdom of Light (Heaven of Heavens/Eternal Paradise): Bahisht
Law (as in Divine Law): Den. The word “Den” is used to describe religion, faith and divine law.
Light: Jote (pronounced Joh-Tay)
Living Spirit: Mihr Yazd. Mithra is a Manifestation of Mihr Yazd in the Physical Creation, who serves to teach sentient beings and bring them to Zurvan by establishing covenants between sentient beings and the Divine Source.
Local Hermitage: Panchayat
Mother (human): Mad
New Moon: Andarmah
No (not): Neh
Physical body: Tanomand
Power (Strength): Nerog
Religion: Den. The word “Den” is used to describe religion, faith and divine law.
Religion of Light: Den Jote (pronounced Joh-Tay)
Sabbath (Rest): Haspin
Sacred Fire (lit by laity): Adarog
Sacred Fire (lit by cleric): Atakshash
Son of God (One Created Being): Mithra
Scribal office: Dibirih
Small (smallest/least): Nidom
Temple of Asha (Main): Maethana Asha
Thanks (To give thanks/Thank you): Spas-dastan
Verse (scribal text, scriptural text): Niberg
Commonly used Phrases
Glory be to God – Abrang Zurvan
God is the Greatest – Zurvan Mahisht
Peace – Drod
Holy Peace – Drod Abezag
New Moon Gathering – hanzaman p`andarmah
Peaceful Sabbath – Haspin abezag
Praise God – Niyayishen Zurvan
Thanks be to God – Spas-dastan Zurvan
Scriptural Abbreviations for the Scriptural Texts of Asha
Table of Light-TL
Tablet of Creation-TC
Tablet of Origins-TO
Tablet of the Manifestations of Mithra-TMM
Tablet of the Seven Calls of Mithra-TSCM
Tablet of Mithraic Psalms-TMP
Tablet of Abraham-TA
Tablet of Zarathustra-TZ
Tablet of Meditation-TM
Tablet on the Nature of Mithra-TNM
Tablet on the Two Natures of Man-TTNM
Tablet of the Four Laws-TFL
Tablet of Mir Tarendra-TMT
Tablet of Guidance-TG
Tablet of Those who Seek a Higher Path-TTSP
Tablet of Mir Fratama-TMF
Tablet of the Awakening Soul-TAS
Tablet of the Three Neighbors-TTN
Tablet of Mir Eresh Zademir-TMEZ
Tablet of the Gathas of Mir Eresh ZademirTGMZ
Tablet of the Yazatas-TY
Tablet of Mir Garendra-TMG
Tablet of the Vizier-TV
Tablet of the Eternal Nature of Asha-TENA
Tablet of Wisdom-TW
Tablet of Healing-TH
Tablet of the Perfecting Spirit-TPS
Tablet of Devotion-TD
Tablet of the Great Struggle-TGS
Tablet of the Luminous Asha-TLA
Manual of Ashavan Teachings-MAT
Asha Book of Prayer-ABP
Articles of the Ashavan Faith-AAF